Today on the blog we have Jay Archer Floral Design, an award-winning wedding and special event florist based in the South East. Her style is natural, abundant and eclectic with an emphasis on homegrown, seasonal and locally sourced flowers with quirky textures and old-fashioned scents.
There are so many varieties of flowers and foliage to choose from for your perfect summer bouquet.
From English grown roses, scabious and dahlia to scented herbs including mint, rosemary and sage - the list is endless! Most brides favour a hand-tied bouquet where the stems are gathered and bound. The shower bouquet tends to be all-wired and more labour intensive, making it more expensive too. Choosing seasonal English flowers better reflects the time of year, and your bouquet won’t have as far to travel, meaning less air miles. A seasonal bouquet stays fresher for longer and is easier on the environment.
Peonies are a favourite and available from May to July in coral, pink, blush, white, red and yellow shades; try ‘coral charm’ or ‘bowl of cream’ for a flower-full effect. Team with Sussex grown roses including the vintage ‘caffe latte’, ‘ocean song’ or ‘frederick mistral’, your bouquet will smell delicious! Also consider nigella, or ‘love in the mist’ as it’s more commonly known, and poppies and oxeye daisies for a country feel.
More classic tastes may prefer paler flowers such as ‘white o’hara’ roses with tuberose and sweet peas...all smell incredible and, with the addition of fresh lavender, create a real English garden aesthetic.